By Sophie Pappas
When the wind starts to chill and the leaves start to fall, that’s how everyone knows it’s almost time for Oktoberfest. And for the St. Alphonsus Liguori Knights of Columbus Council #12510, this is a time for giving back.
The group’s fifth annual Oktoberfest and charity raffle starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, on the campus of the Catholic church, at 1870 W. Oak St.
This year’s Oktoberfest Chairman, Andy Auersch, said that they are expecting folks from all around the county to attend.
“We started this as a way to raise funds for local charities,” Auersch said. “And apart from our golf outing which is in the spring, this is another way for us to help feed the community.”
Funds raised will go towards the Zionsville Food Pantry and The Caring Center, two organizations that Auersch said the knights work closely with year-round, especially at a critical time when supplies are low and they are seeking to stock up in time to for the holidays the organizations are at their busiest.
Auersch said that rain or shine, a traditional German Festhalle, or tent, will be in the church parking lot. Admission is $5 and all adults age 21 years and older are invited. Booklets with tickets can be purchased, and these tickets can be used for food and drink purchases. Auersch said the bratwursts and chicken plates will essentially be $8 in tickets, beer will be $5 and wine will be $4.
“The nice thing for people to know is that every dollar you spend actually goes to the charities,” Auersch said. “That’s kind of a cool aspect and we hope people might spend more than they would otherwise if they know that every dollar is going to help feed families. For example, a $5 beer might provide milk for one family.”
In previous years, more than 600 people have attended this event.
There will be foods such as homemade bratwurst and chicken, along with traditional German Oktoberfest brews, a festive biergarten, stein-holding competitions, dancing and live music supplied by the Alpine Express Band. Desserts from Confectioneiress Cupcakes and My Sweetie Pie are being donated, and will be available to purchase as well.
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Hours before the 21-and-older Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus, there is a family event for those of all ages. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4, the church’s annual Pumpkinfest will take place in the athletic fields. This event is free, including free hayrides, hotdogs and pumpkin decorating, but donations will be accepted.